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clean shepherd’s pie with garlic-chive potatoes

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Holla, comfort food!

This is the kind of food you should eat when you just had to pay a small fortune to the IRS.

Or when it’s 17° outside.

Or when your eyelid swells up to the size of a grapefruit.

Or when your dog decides the garbage is her plaything.

Or when you try to edit PHP without really knowing it and break your blog.

Or when you break your favorite pair of glasses.

You know, for example. Not that any (or all) of those happened to me in the past 48 hours. Totally hypothetical.

But if those things were to happen to me, I’d be all over this shepherd’s pie. With its flavorful, saucy filling and fluffy, garlic-chive potato topping, it’s hard not to feel like the world is a better place. 

But none of this matters, because none of those things happened to me and I’m in a totally awesome mood and definitely don’t need to drown my sorrows in this delicious pie.

No. Definitely not.

Clean Shepherd's Pie with Garlic-Chive Potatoes

Clean Shepherd's Pie with Garlic-Chive Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

With its flavorful, saucy filling and fluffy, garlic-chive potato topping, it's hard not to feel like the world is a better place.


  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 4 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. To prepare the potatoes, in a large pot, add potatoes and garlic cloves and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes and garlic cloves are fork tender. Remove from heat, drain and return potatoes and garlic to pot. Mash until smooth. Add in milk, yogurt, chives, butter, salt and pepper and mash until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by browning the beef or turkey in a large skillet. Remove the meat from the skillet, drain on paper towels.
  4. Return skillet to medium-low heat and add olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic and sweet potato. Cook until veggies begin to become tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Add back in meat, rosemary, sage, salt, pepper, peas, and evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Pour cornstarch mixture into filling mixture and stir until it thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove filling from heat and spoon into a greased casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese and then top that with the mashed potatoes. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until potatoes are browned and filling is bubbly. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 37g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

How’s your week been? Need some comfort food?


Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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6 Responses
  1. I’ve had a pretty rough week, too. I’m super nervous about my end of year review tomorrow! It also feels like this week has been dragging on and ooooonnnnn. I can’t believe it’s only Thursday. Weekend, hurry up and get here!

  2. Liz

    Yikes. What an awful sounding day! But I totally pinned this recipe.

    I keep hearing about “eating clean”. I need to research it a bit more and educate myself about it. So it’s just like, no preservatives and stuff? “Real Food”? NOTE TO SELF: Must investigate.

    1. Cassie

      Yeah, it’s basically just the concept of eating as many whole foods as possible. I actually think the phrase “clean eating” is a brand name diet from a particular company (the cookbooks they produce are AWESOME). But basically it just means: foods that your grandmother would recognize.

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